Here is an image of a new painting that I have been working on. It follows the last three paintings in feel--more open space with patches of color. I am experimenting with different shapes of color painted during the process of creating the original paintings that go to make palette-triangles.
In this painting the shapes of color are rectangular. In previous palette-triangle paintings the color patches were varying sizes of dots.
I am finding that the resulting finished paintings are affected by different color shapes and patterns created during the making of original palette-triangle-paintings.
Okay. While creating this painting I have been debating about the title. At first it was Yellow/Shade, but that was not working. Then, Yellow/Umbra, and that too didn't work for me. So now the new title is Umbra. I think this works. Titles for my paintings can be an agonizing process. Usually a title or a sense of a title germinates as a painting is created.
Even though Umbra has a yellow cast to it, for me, it is full of shadows. The color yellow does not suggest shadow, quite the opposite; but for me, Umbra has an underside or interior that is cast in darkness.
Working on a commission poses some hurdles. In this case, the commission is based on another one of my paintings. So how do I find a way back into the process for that painting? And because work simply evolves, how do I approach the new work?
After much thought, I felt the only way into this commission was through color. After preparing the initial palette-triangles and arranging them on the surface, I needed to rely on the process-- the process of responding or reacting to each palette-triangle and building upon that continuous response.